Silence of the lion



In a recent interview to an English TV channel, I was both startled and delighted to see Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi tongue-tied – though that’s a mild word for his reaction – to a question on whether he thinks he should apologise for 2002 to be able to clear his path to New Delhi.

The manner in which Modi maintained an unstudied silence, even after the question was repeated a second time, and cut short that interview tells us a lot of things about the man and the bind that he is in today. As such, he is liked very little by everybody else in the BJP, including the leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. The BJP is no longer the `BJP’ in Gujarat – its just a party of Narendra Modi. Once Modi is ousted, I think he BJP will take a long time to get back its bearings in that state, much as the Shiv Sena had to do after the exit of Narayan Rane from the party which was his and his baby alone in the Konkan.

Now. as though this was not enough in the race for unpopularity, Modi is perhaps damned if he does (apologise) and damned if he doesn’t. If he does express regrets, he is in danger of losing his Hindutva vote entirely which will eventually shift back to the original BJP rather than the Congress. And if he does say he will not apologise, there could ber a consolidation of the minority vote behind the opposition. Then, after the incident of the turban presented by Muslim leaders during his sadbhavana fast, it would be clear to all and sundry that nothing has changed about this man who presided over mass murders and killings of Muslims in his state.

If Modi had been really a politician and less of a tyrant and dictator he would have played a clever game by resigning after the court verdict against Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi who were indicted for not just their complicity but their actual involvement in the killings of Muslims in Ahmedabad. With less than six monthys to go to the polls, he would have done the right thing and at the same time gathered an enormous sympathy vote not just among his core voters but also among those on the right increasingly disenchanted with his administration. The Congress is in such a pitiasble stte in Gujarat, it would never have been able to regain lost ground in time for the polls and Modi would have won not just Gujarat, again, but also half the battle for New Delhi. In addition his critics would have been left with nothing to say against him and he would have killed all competition in the BJP with one swipe, as well.

But that was clearly expecting too much of Modi: he may have a 56-inch chest but clearly not too big a heart or liver. When he did not resign in the aftermath of the riots – for even if he was not involved, it was clearly a failure of his ability to govern – why would he after a mere court verdict? Even so, I wonder what was he afraid of – of not returning to power, despite everything going for him? That’s somewhat like a limpet, I would think, not the lion he proclaims himself to be! For much as he may fudge the statistics coming out of Gujarat, the truth is getting revealed bit by bit – that Modi’s Gujarat is really not as high up on the indices as he makes it out o be and that there is much discontent among many groups in the state, which is not really good news for the chief minister.

His hit and run tactics, like when he accused Sonia Gandhi of the absolutely ridiculous charge of having spent Rs 1889 crore on her foreign travels (I guess he might have missed a decimal point somewhere), without any further substantiation, only adds to the impression that the man, while under no rwal threat, might not be quite as confident as he was in the past years.

For something has to give and Modi cannot rule Gujarat endlessly. So much about Modi is insulting to the Gujaratis: that he is unable to make a difference between malnutrition and anorexia, that he has not really added to the state’s power grid in all these years, that there is corruption galore in Gujarat for the very reason of his working style and he will not allow a Lokayukta into hs state… But. most importantly. that this land of the greatest apostle or peace, Mahatma Gandhi should now be drenched in the blood of innocents and with no one in the Modi administration really interested in wiping the tears of the victims as Gandhiji once upon a time did…

Also I wouid not place much value on the United Kingdo, ending Modi’s pariah status. For, during my travels to the UK I have noticed the country bends over backward to accommodate even militant Muslims inciting terror or violence (as the case with regard to preacher Abu Hamza well demonstrates). The British sense of justice and honour overtakes everything else though the same may not be true with the United States. I should think.

Of course, Modi is not in the category of Abu Hamza but he has enough blood on his hands to make it impossible for him to end up as Prime Minister of India – if that is what the Brits were thinking while reviewing his case for a visa. For, apart from the Congress – which anyway is keen on Modi being launched nationally so that that consolidates its own minority vote behind the party — Modi has to contend with the fact that the rest of his own party will not allow him to do to their party in the rest of India what he has done to them in Gujarat.

Modi rules like a latter-day Moghul — people get tickets at his pleasure, they cannot be certain they will get tickets again for another term if they at all displease even his little left finger. So, in the absence of a Lokayukta, they try to get away with as much as they can gather in the term given to them. Considering the anti-graft mood in India, I wonder how long the man will last once he brings this culture of `me and me alone’ to New Delhi, especially since the BJP in any case is faced with a multitude of parties outside of Gujarat, none of who will touch them with a barge pole until Modi continues to be one of them..

The best case scenario for the man would be to split the BJP after the Gujarat elections – that will effectively kill the BJP once the funds provided by Modi for its running (and hence for their tolerance of him) have dried up. Modi can then gather unto himself like- minded `Hindutvists’ and see if, unlike the BJP, he is able to take his own party’s vote percentage over the 25 per cent mark.

I say this because if he either loses Gujarat, gets less seats or even wins the state soemhow, he gets confined only to the western tip of India. That is the corner he has painted himself into. He will then get all the visas in the world but none of them will be worth the apology he should make/could have made to stay in the reckoning, not just in Gujarat but also the rest of Indian – and the world.

No wonder, Modi looked hither thither and everywhere in his bid to evade the crucial question in that interview. Modi knows which side his bread is buttered. Unfortunately, butter has its own way of turning rancid and Delhi might continue to evade Modi for a long long time, perhaps forever. So this silence of his is certainly not golden, for him and for his party: if things continue as they are, Modi and the BJP might win the battle in Gujarat but certainly not the war for the rest of India!

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  • Ankur

    Sick Blogger with vengeful mindset…Sounds more like personal vendetta than logic..

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  • Ankur

    Sick Blogger with vengeful mindset…Sounds more like personal vendetta than logic..

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  • Archana

    Get a life you brainwashed commie, you have Bo balls to ask congis about 20 yr old Kashmir issue. Indian media is deep shit.k

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    SAM Reply:

    MEDIA AND INDIAN GOVERNMENT REMEMMBER GUJRAT FOR 100 YEARS ….BUT KASHMIR THEY NEVER WRITE AS THEY AFRAID THAT MUSLIMS WILL KILL THEM ….WE ARE IN HINDUSTAN ….PLACE OF HINDUS …MODI G SHOULD BE PM AND MAKE IT A HINDU COUNTRY …WE NO HAVE A HINDU NATION WORLDWIDE …SHAME ON US ….MUSLIMS SEEK SEPARATE NATION IN EVERY NATION FOR THEIR RELIGION SO WHY CANT WE MAKE OUR OWN PLACE A HINDU COUNTRY …..

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  • Archana

    Get a life you brainwashed commie, you have Bo balls to ask congis about 20 yr old Kashmir issue. Indian media is deep shit.k

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  • Starx43

    His run for PM post is media hype n creation..N based on the hypothetical fact is this article.

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  • Starx43

    His run for PM post is media hype n creation..N based on the hypothetical fact is this article.

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  • Starx43

    His run for PM post is media hype n creation..N based on the hypothetical fact is this article.

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  • Starx43

    His run for PM post is media hype n creation..N based on the hypothetical fact is this article.

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  • Starx43

    His run for PM post is media hype n creation..N based on the hypothetical fact is this article.

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  • Indian

    shitiest artical

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  • Indian

    shitiest artical

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  • magic

    Congress mouth piece. Defamatory article. Atleast pretend to be neutral.

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  • magic

    Congress mouth piece. Defamatory article. Atleast pretend to be neutral.

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  • AKASH

    fully biased.
    HINDUSTAN TIMES HAS BEEN BOUGHT BY THE CONGRESS.
    PEOPLE LIKE YOU , MAKES US DOWN.

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  • AKASH

    fully biased.
    HINDUSTAN TIMES HAS BEEN BOUGHT BY THE CONGRESS.
    PEOPLE LIKE YOU , MAKES US DOWN.

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  • AKASH

    fully biased.
    HINDUSTAN TIMES HAS BEEN BOUGHT BY THE CONGRESS.
    PEOPLE LIKE YOU , MAKES US DOWN.

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  • AKASH

    fully biased.
    HINDUSTAN TIMES HAS BEEN BOUGHT BY THE CONGRESS.
    PEOPLE LIKE YOU , MAKES US DOWN.

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  • AKASH

    fully biased.
    HINDUSTAN TIMES HAS BEEN BOUGHT BY THE CONGRESS.
    PEOPLE LIKE YOU , MAKES US DOWN.

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  • AKASH

    fully biased.
    HINDUSTAN TIMES HAS BEEN BOUGHT BY THE CONGRESS.
    PEOPLE LIKE YOU , MAKES US DOWN.

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  • AKASH

    fully biased.
    HINDUSTAN TIMES HAS BEEN BOUGHT BY THE CONGRESS.
    PEOPLE LIKE YOU , MAKES US DOWN.

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  • AKASH

    fully biased.
    HINDUSTAN TIMES HAS BEEN BOUGHT BY THE CONGRESS.
    PEOPLE LIKE YOU , MAKES US DOWN.

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  • AKASH

    fully biased.
    HINDUSTAN TIMES HAS BEEN BOUGHT BY THE CONGRESS.
    PEOPLE LIKE YOU , MAKES US DOWN.

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  • AKASH

    fully biased.
    HINDUSTAN TIMES HAS BEEN BOUGHT BY THE CONGRESS.
    PEOPLE LIKE YOU , MAKES US DOWN.

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  • me

    People get paid by congress for writing bullshit about opposition

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    Harvinder Maini Reply:

    By whom you are being paid for writing in favour of Modi? Modi will not become Prime Minister of India by advertising in his praise through a few hundred or thousand paid peoples. He has to accept his sins committed in Gujarat in 2002.

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    Banana Republic Reply:

    The war has begun between Hindustanis & Porkistanis. Ab tera mai..mai karne ka time aa gaya hai “Maino ke Maini

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    Banana Republic Reply:

    More importantly : The payment is done from Taxpayers money .

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  • me

    People get paid by congress for writing bullshit about opposition

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  • me

    People get paid by congress for writing bullshit about opposition

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  • Saurabh

    Hahaha….. woderful. Perhaps, a Congress mind telling Modi how he could succeed. Immature, not to know the person Narendra Modi is.

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  • Shirish

    First of all, why do you refer to a coward like him as a lion? Second, there is certainly no difference between Modi and Abu Hamza – both are murderers. Period. Finally, this whole Godhra thing was an orchestrated farce where BJP workers burned the coach and no one died (not a single name of the 58 supposedly burnt to death has been revealed anywhere), then organized a pogrom against Muslims to consolidate the Hindu vote bank which they did. All this under the watchful guidance of Vajpayee and his goons in Delhi. After this, we Gujaratis have been attacked time and again in revenge in Mumbai for no fault of ours.

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    Ankur Reply:

    Ye lo…One more misinformed soul..May u find some wisdom someday!!! Ameen..

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    Ankur Reply:

    Ye lo…One more misinformed soul..May u find some wisdom someday!!! Ameen..

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    Ankur Reply:

    Ye lo…One more misinformed soul..May u find some wisdom someday!!! Ameen..

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    Ankur Reply:

    Ye lo…One more misinformed soul..May u find some wisdom someday!!! Ameen..

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    Ankur Reply:

    Ye lo…One more misinformed soul..May u find some wisdom someday!!! Ameen..

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    Ankur Reply:

    Ye lo…One more misinformed soul..May u find some wisdom someday!!! Ameen..

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    Ankur Reply:

    Ye lo…One more misinformed soul..May u find some wisdom someday!!! Ameen..

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    Ankur Reply:

    Ye lo…One more misinformed soul..May u find some wisdom someday!!! Ameen..

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    swami Reply:

    Consult a psychologist urgently.

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    Duke Reply:

    Dhakkan hai yaar tu bhi…aur shayad aisa hi rahegaaa..Padhai likhai ki hai ya aise hi gawaaron jaisi baatein karta hai har baar??

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ashutosh.bajpai.35 Ashutosh Bajpai

    content writer is in her own world may be she has not listened to any speeches of modi & so far as the indices r concerned they lag behind the development by 5 to 10 yrs

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  • kuldeep

    rubishhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  • GUJARATI

    “VIKRUTI” IS BEST DESCRIPTION OF SUCH MINDSET. THIS RADIA PIMPS CANNOT FARE BETTER THAN THIS

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  • ****** Sujata Anandan

    hahahaha…sujata anandan… I pity ur knowledge base & current affairs..U’re a blogger just for namesake…Take a life n get real..

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  • dib

    Bullshit bribed article!!! totally partial and full of hatred!! next time u write..be neutral

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  • dib

    Bullshit bribed article!!! totally partial and full of hatred!! next time u write..be neutral

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  • dib

    Bullshit bribed article!!! totally partial and full of hatred!! next time u write..be neutral

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  • dib

    Bullshit bribed article!!! totally partial and full of hatred!! next time u write..be neutral

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  • dib

    Bullshit bribed article!!! totally partial and full of hatred!! next time u write..be neutral

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  • guypeaceful

    the comments section is filled with congress congress congress congress congress but no one has the guts to acknowledge the fact that he is killer at the end of the day. Under his administration it happened and even he will never be able to justify that. Sad! that money lovers doesn’t see that. If their parents, wife, children, husband have died then they would have understood. For now literally money worship is going on. Sad state.

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  • guypeaceful

    the comments section is filled with congress congress congress congress congress but no one has the guts to acknowledge the fact that he is killer at the end of the day. Under his administration it happened and even he will never be able to justify that. Sad! that money lovers doesn’t see that. If their parents, wife, children, husband have died then they would have understood. For now literally money worship is going on. Sad state.

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  • guypeaceful

    the comments section is filled with congress congress congress congress congress but no one has the guts to acknowledge the fact that he is killer at the end of the day. Under his administration it happened and even he will never be able to justify that. Sad! that money lovers doesn’t see that. If their parents, wife, children, husband have died then they would have understood. For now literally money worship is going on. Sad state.

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  • guypeaceful

    the comments section is filled with congress congress congress congress congress but no one has the guts to acknowledge the fact that he is killer at the end of the day. Under his administration it happened and even he will never be able to justify that. Sad! that money lovers doesn’t see that. If their parents, wife, children, husband have died then they would have understood. For now literally money worship is going on. Sad state.

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  • http://twitter.com/jitendrap Jitendra Patil

    Modi is happy that a lot of people earn bread and butter abusing him, he also wishes well for them!! haha..

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  • http://twitter.com/jitendrap Jitendra Patil

    Modi is happy that a lot of people earn bread and butter abusing him, he also wishes well for them!! haha..

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  • http://twitter.com/jitendrap Jitendra Patil

    Modi is happy that a lot of people earn bread and butter abusing him, he also wishes well for them!! haha..

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  • Abhishek Tondon

    The fact that you think Modi is damned either way, bears testimony to your state of mind and how damned you are, Mr. Author.

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  • Kumar

    3 question i would like to ask the Author of this article (if you can answer them, shall accept what you have written is true – by comparing a militant to a leader)
    1. Why is the current PM accepting the Lokpal as is it (why does he not want to come under the Lokpal);
    2. Why was the news of Raul Vinci (AKA Rahul Gandhi) being detained @ NY airport of undisclosed amount of dollars in his possession while traveling with the friend (girl friend – donno if it is true!!!) who is a daughter of Columbia Mafia Drug Lords daughter?;
    3. If Robert Vadra is a common man – Why did the INC/UPA politicians jumped to his aid rather than calling in for a legal lawsuit/judiciary commision, etc

    P.S. If the Hindustan times have the courage to answer these question unbiasedly, and courage to post my comment – we shall accept ur tyranny against a person who has shown/defined what development is – when the the current PM was sleeping (keep in mind – both ruled the respective part for 11 & 8 years)….and once the Western media said the PM is INCOMPETENT – then he wakes up n tries to sells the country by introducing FDI (FYI – even in US – small districts, counting New York do not allow Walmart in the town/cities/state)….

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  • Raj

    what a joke off an article – total ****! and this shit gets published lol

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  • Raj

    what a joke off an article – total ****! and this shit gets published lol

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  • Raj

    what a joke off an article – total ****! and this shit gets published lol

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  • Raj

    what a joke off an article – total ****! and this shit gets published lol

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  • Raj

    what a joke off an article – total ****! and this shit gets published lol

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  • must watch modi speech
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  • div

    This is no political view, this is a congress spokesperson’s speech before the polls.

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  • div

    This is no political view, this is a congress spokesperson’s speech before the polls.

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  • div

    This is no political view, this is a congress spokesperson’s speech before the polls.

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  • Desi

    Utterly lopsided article, and it appears Hindustan Times is probably controlled and owned by Modi’s adversaries, possibly congress.

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  • Desi

    Utterly lopsided article, and it appears Hindustan Times is probably controlled and owned by Modi’s adversaries, possibly congress.

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  • Notradame

    the authors high on hashish…..
    so is Rajdeep Congresai, Purkha Butt, Beer Sanghavi and other of this bandwagon….

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    Ankur Reply:

    Pehle decide karle kis side hai tu?? 2 simultaneously contradictory comments… Congress waala hai kya tu?

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    Archana Reply:

    Do I share my id with someone?
    Hey I just saw google article and wanted to comment, without registering with these crooks.
    I am not Congressi, for God sake dont’ curse me :D

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  • Notradame

    the authors high on hashish…..
    so is Rajdeep Congresai, Purkha Butt, Beer Sanghavi and other of this bandwagon….

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  • Parth

    By far most Perfect & unbiased analysis.. Unlike other people in comments i happen to see the other side in gujarat by living in gujarat. Under modi’s gloomy car cover lies a sorry state of affairs where fear and corporate corruption is rampant..

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    Ankur Reply:

    Ch***iya saala

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  • INDIAN

    IT SEEMS THAT THE AUTHOR IS SICK FROM HIS/HER MIND , FIRST GO TO GUJRAT & SEE WHAT THE PEOPLE OF GUJRAT SAY ABOUT MR MODI , EVERONE WANTS DEVLOPMENT & NOT ANY OTHER STATE HAS MADE SUCH A REMARKABLE DEVLOPMENT FROM THE LAST DECADE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF MR MODI………..

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  • Navin

    This is the most absurd article I have ever read, cannot believe it has made it to Hindustan times webpage…………Atleast the writer should have pretended to be neutral.

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  • CARRY ON

    ALL THESE SO CALLED WRITERS OF HT ARE RUNNING FOR A COMPITITION THAT WHO WILL GET MAXIMUM NUMBER OF INSULT OR GAALIA FROM READERS.CARRY ON I THINK YOU ARE BEST

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  • Anonymous

    I’m kind of feeling sad for all these Modi hating so called journos…they seem to be loosing their minds watching Modi grow in stature dispite all their vicious propaganda. Get well soon Sujata Anandan

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  • Travis

    Lots of nation loving soldiers die every month for the past 65 years due to our foreign policy, no one calls the PM a murderer! More people die in road accidents thanks to corrupt COPs, no one calls them murders, Even more people die due to hunger every now and then due to lack of national infrastructure, while food rots in the GOIs godowns, no one calls then FnB minister a murderer!

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  • g dhillon

    great article. its good to know that ppl r speaking out against modi’s fascist hindutva brand of politics. He’s india’s hitler…

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  • Anuj

    After reading the comments below,I dont even need to say anything…..not sure whether the Author is also reading the comments…may be she will now blame Modi of asking his followers to comment on her blog…..:D

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  • Mo

    UPA is scared shitless. Modi is man of the hour. True patriot. He should run the
    central government. He is the only man fit to be the Prime Minister of India.
    Hopefully that day is not far. Indians are fed up with corruption.

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  • SANJAY

    MADAM SUJATA AAP TO SHAKAL AUR AUKAL DONO SE PEDAL LAGTI HAI.

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  • Ram G.

    Can we have more information on this “gandhe nale ka kida” – his education, parents, siblings, knowledge of English etc? He comes across as a crude, third rate gujju.

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    Let_bhagao_abhiyan Reply:

    Abe maderch0d , in three posts u changed your father three times . How is your wife & sister performing ? Going great guns ?

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  • Ram k

    This gandhe nale ka kida is a disgrace to Mahatma Gandhi’s birth state

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  • Ramesh Kumar

    I HAVE FEW QUERIES TO THE LEARNED AUTHORESS,
    1.THE MONEY SPENT ON HER SONIA JI APPEARED IN A HINDI PAPER.DID GOVT ACTED AGAINST THE PAPER TILL DATE.MMS CAME OUT WITH FIGURE OF 3 LACS,WHICH WAS A LIE AND RAISED TO 80LACS BY INDIAN MISSIONS ABROAD.COULD LADY AUTHOR TELL HOW MUCH WAS SPENT?
    2.KILLING OF 5000SIKHS IN DELHI WAS THAT ANORMAL INCIDENCE ?
    3.DID RAJIV GANDHI AS HEAD OWNED THE RESPONSIBILITY? IF NOT WHYNOT.
    4.IF A MAN IS GUILTY ,HE MUST BE PUNISHED.
    5.LACS OF HINDUS WERE KILLED DURING PARTITION,ON WHOSE HAND IS THIS BLOOD,PL NAME THE CONGRESS LEADER.

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  • Pankaj360

    Why all the Modi bashing? Congress Goons running HT

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  • kanishka

    But Silence is being preached and practiced by CONgi PM MAUN MOHAN SING also.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amit-Sharma/782062691 Amit Sharma

    REFERENCE: http://www.mediacrooks.com/

    I haven’t seen too many gaffes from Narendra Modi while speaking to reporters. But it only proves he is
    as much a “mango man” like any of us. In his interview to Rajdeep Sardesai (at 15.58) NaMo called Rajdeep: “Sarkardesai” or “Sarkadardesai”. The audio cackles but I’m positive it’s one of
    those two words. That’s a welcome gaffe though. Rajdeep Sardesai (RS) is often
    fondly called “Turdesai”, “Slurdesai” or even “Sardardesai”. What is serious, though,
    is his interview with Modi is disappointing. Why? Because despite what borders
    on hate-campaign against Modi, be it when Rajdeep was in StarNews, NDTV or now in
    CNN-IBN, Modi has spoken to him quite often. It’s disappointing, also because RS
    had a great chance to ask some very valid and probing questions to Modi. He
    screwed up! Like a third rate reporter RS landed up in Modi’s campaign bus
    without much homework, without much fact-checking. He could get away with any
    other politician with this but when you get a rare chance to interview Modi you
    need to make the most of it. FAIL. (View the full interview and transcripts here).

    RS, you see, is too used to mindless and meaningless debates and
    frequently interviewing guttermouths like Digivijay. In the process he has
    neither discovered nor practiced the skill of good interviewing. RS has for too
    long been talking to politicians full of trash and nonsense that makes Rajdeep
    look intelligent; people who dish out “Zero Loss” or “mother earth”.
    However, Modi, like a well-informed auditor seems to have facts, data and
    information on everything in Gujarat, including small districts, at his
    finger-tips. In contrast Rajdeep brings the same foolish style of interviewing
    as he would employ with a Diggy, Sibal, RenukaC or Teesta. I stated in an
    earlier post: “Those who are used to
    crumbs are not likely to possess the nose of a hound”. You can guess what
    RS is used to. So come along with me, let’s look at some bits and pieces from
    this shoddy interview (edited excerpts in blue).

    RS: But
    Modiji, Swami Vivekanand was a saintly person… You are using his name to garner
    support amongst the people, that’s what your opponents say.

    NM: As I told you already,
    we are celebrating this year as the Yuva Varsh. And it was not I who decided
    that the 150th anniversary of Swami Vivekanand would fall this year. It was
    decided 150 years ago. So it’s not my fault that it fell this year.

    Peddling some “personal” rant as a question is the serious problem with
    our media crooks. This is a nation inspired by saints. So what exactly is
    Rajdeep’s problem? Morons who cannot raise a single question to the issue of
    over 450 schemes, projects, roads, monuments, metro stations named and used for
    electoral gains by the Nehru-Gandhi clan are so worried that Swami
    Vivekananda’s name is being used for political gains. See homework?

    RS: But
    I am talking about now. Now that the elections are imminent, aren’t you
    focusing more on Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh than on Swami Vivekanand?

    Is Sonia Gandhi or MMS Rajdeep’s aunty or father in law that worries
    him? Umm.. let’s see is there an appropriate time or place to rake up issues on
    SoniaG or MMS? Will Rajdeep decide when the right is time to raise the
    questions? Who gave such a right to this divine comic? Incompetence!

    RS: The
    PMO did clarify that only Rs 3 lakh were spent on Sonia Gandhi’s foreign trips.
    You had offered to apologise if the figure you quoted – that of Rs 1880 crore -
    and the newspaper reports were proven wrong. That’s right, RS and his
    gang is so used to crumbs thrown to them by PMO or the govt (like zero loss or
    mother earth) that they don’t bother to check the accuracy of their statements.
    Would anyone really believe only 3 lakhs were spent on SG travels? Is RS such
    an irredeemable idiot? Has he ever asked which airline she uses, who provides
    her aircrafts for travels? In any case this is not interviewing, this is “phishing” for sound-bites and headlines.

    RS: Modiji
    you have said that your election campaign will revolve around Swami Vivekanand
    and focus on development. So what made you attack Sonia Gandhi, nearly three
    months after the reports on expenditure incurred on her foreign visits were
    published? Question is, what stopped the media asking these questions.
    Why should it even take Modi to ask them? Cowards who prostrate in front of the
    Gandhi family now also want other parties and politicians to stop asking
    questions of SoniaG. Isn’t that lovely? The Vivekanand campaign ended on
    October 11, so should Modi stop his campaign? Does campaign on development mean
    not asking any question on wasteful expenditure or non-disclosures by the
    centre? Incompetence!

    RS: SoniaG,
    during her rally in Saurashtra, raised the issue of water supply. She said that
    the water of Narmada was yet to be made available to that region….

    NM: You should be aware of a
    show that your channel ran two years ago on the amazing methods of water
    conservation and usage in Gujarat.

    RS: Yes, yes… It was on dry
    land farming.

    Again, SoniaG raised the issue…
    Sonia this, Sonia that! What is this guy? SoniaG’s broker or PR agent? Doesn’t
    he have any questions of his own? And even when he asks the question he forgets
    homework on a report his own channel had done. Incompetence!

    RS: The
    Congress government leveled some charges regarding land allotments against you
    for which you set up the MB Shah Commission.

    NM: See, Justice Shah is a
    respected SC judge. And he found out that one of the land allotments, that the
    Congress alleged was a Rs 65,000 crore scam, was made in 1983, when the
    Congress was in power. So the Shah Commission said that if this former Congress
    chief minister were to know the allegations leveled against him by his own
    party, he would be really disappointed.

    Now, every time Manish Tiwari or Sibal screamed about land scam in
    Gujarat did RS ever ask them that this particular scam was under a Congress CM?
    Did he even read the Justice Shah report at all before asking such a stupid
    question? Stupid, because the Shah Commission has already cleared Modi of any
    wrong-doing. No homework, Incompetence!
    Slapped again!

    RS: Sir
    how do you perceive SoniaG’s attack on you in 2007 when she called you ‘maut ka
    saudagar’ referring to 2002 riots. You are still targeted because of this. How
    do you perceive such attacks?

    NM: I give my best wishes to
    the RS, that he has been harping on this issue for the past 10 years, that he
    gets his daily bread by harping on this issue.

    RS: No, there is nothing
    like that…

    NM: You have to listen.

    This is where Modi told RS:“Sunna padega bhai.. tumhari roji roti mujhe
    gaali dene se chalti hai” . Translated: You have to listen.. you earn your daily bread
    by abusing me. Slapped, again!

    RS: My final question. I
    know you don’t like it but it is something that your opponents feel and talk
    about. I know you see me as your opponent. But I am a political analyst. (Haha!
    He forgot to add Numero Uno). My
    question is that people feel that Narendra Modi must apologise for the 2002
    riots if he has to become the Prime Minister of the country. Your message to
    them… What would you like to say to those people?

    NM: I said that those people
    who earn their daily bread out of criticising me, and are awarded for the same,
    they have my best wishes.

    RS: I did receive the Padma
    Shri but that was for journalism. So you are not going to answer that question
    of mine? Regarding your apology for the 2002 riots.

    Haha! I wish that were true. Yeah.. even Barkha Dutt has received a
    Padma Shri. Oh even Shekhar Gupta (the Army coup guy) has received one. What
    about that DLF guy? DLF is so much in the news lately. Even the head of DLF
    Kushalpal Singh received a Padma Bhushan. His terminology for bribing: “facilitate speedy disposal” to Shekhar
    Gupta is actually worthy of a Nobel Prize. RS received Padma Shri for
    journalism! Poonam Pandey is more honest about her pursuits. Post the interview
    RS held a debate, as usual, over his monumental achievement. One of the
    panellists said Narendra Modi holds many important portfolios and doesn’t
    delegate. RS should think about that, it actually applies more to him. Any given day, Anubha Bhonsle or Suhasini
    Haider would have conducted a much better interview. But the media celebs
    too live under the notion that only they are qualified to conduct such
    interviews. A miserable RS who can’t speak one coherent sentence without
    stuttering, stammering and without homework is hardly the right guy to
    interview a sharp politician.

    In
    the entire interview RS had nothing to really ask, especially nothing
    that was not already discussed in the media for days and months. Not
    much about
    Gujarat, not much about development. Nothing! All he wanted like a
    broken record was talk about 2002, his personal
    wet dreams of “apology” and, of course, acting a broker for Sonia
    Gandhi. In
    a 23-minute interview (excluding other visuals) Sonia was mentioned 21 times because of RS’s questions. That’s
    almost once every minute! Was RS from CNN-IBN or Sonia’s stable? Students
    of journalism should definitely watch this interview video to learn what stupid
    things they should not do. To do
    their homework and to ask questions that really matter and not poke around with
    some personal agenda. In 10 years Rajdeep hasn’t been able to fool Narendra
    Modi. Worse, he hasn’t been able to fool the public either. I have modest
    advice for him: Stick to interviewing Digvijay and Teesta, you won’t get
    slapped and won’t have your moronery exposed.

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    Banana Republic Reply:

    Great & valid analysis ! Unfortunately majority of netizens have not read your post . Rajdeep Sardesai , Burki-Dirt , Veerya Hungry , Vinod Sharma are parasites living on the waste of Italian waitress. This sujata is fifth rung of the chain .

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  • solomon

    Good article, you have to have guts to write the truth. Keep it up. killer is a kiler
    no matter how many times he wins or lose, bunch of impotent…..

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  • aumshanti

    this writer is paid person of anti national congress owned and operated by anti national sonia gandhi and her anti national family hope people of INDIA UNDERSTANDS and give anti national fitting reply by rejecting in election this kind of anti national writer should be sent to their fsvorit place known as napakistan

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  • Shovita

    Cry baby…cry baby…. How much did Sonia and her damad give you?

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  • Agra chalo

    Arre yeh to Pagla gayi hai…moderator me yeh article nahi padha kya…

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    Banana Republic Reply:

    First Moderat0r R*ped her ( in Haryanvi Style) , when she asked for money for consensual act , she was asked to write an article. She had no option but to get r*ped (consensual) again & get this article from Suwardesai .

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  • HT is congress mou piece

    And I thought HT was a neautral news paper with sensible reporters. You guys are so preposterous that you make a catchy title and fill it with bull garbage and call it a blog. T0I is 10 times better than HT.

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  • SAM

    VOTE FOR MODI …PEOPLE OF GUJRAT …IF YOU NEED TO LIVE LIKE A KING LET BE MODI WIN BY 90% VOTES ……SO THAT PEOPLE OF ALL OVER THE WORLD SEE THAT WE LOVE MODI …

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  • AR

    Ms Sujata ….. if its all about secularism… people would like to have a couple more articles on the inefficiency and lethargic attitude adopted by the govt during 1984 Sikh riots and the recent Assam riots whose effects were felt as far as Mumbai……. But , we all know , u r belong to category of those spineless authors who really don’t understand what they jot…..

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  • http://www.facebook.com/amlan.dutta Amlan Dutta

    Before I say anything, let me say that
    “I am not a congress supporter, nor a BJP, RSS Troll. I haven’t ever been able to cast my vote (having moved out of my hometown at an young age) Nor am I being paid to write here. ”

    Having said that, let me salute Sujata Anandan for saying what few in the media dare to. While I appreciate the good work done by NAMO in Gujrat post the 2002 riots in strengthening his electorate… I as a citizen of this country will remain horrified and ashamed at the events of 2002 riots of Gujrat. I still remember that horrifying year and how even after pressure from Vajpayee, NAMO didnt quit. I remember him saying “Every Action has an Equal and Opposite Reaction”. I shudder to think that some of my own country men have forgotten his unabashed denial of Gujrat riots and are all for having him as the PM.

    I can still hear the screams of Ehsan Jaffri whose body was never found, an MP who had faith in his country in his leader (whom he had called only to be snubbed). I can hear the screams emerging from Best Bakery, Naroda Patia the screams which finally brought justice to the doors of Babu Bajrangi and Maya Kodnani) if I as a citizen can hear the screams from so far away are my countrymen sleeping ?? Let me also mention that I am a Hindu and my religion doesnt condone systematic pogroms of any community. I am not an animal who will forget and move on , and heap praises on NAMO just because he has done good work post riots. He has systematically elbowed out all his rivals in his party in Gujrat. What is BJP in Gujrat without him, he has become a demagogue !!!

    I am glad I never had to live in Gujrat. But I promise to leave my country, India the day he (God Forbid!!) becomes our PM

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    Ankur Reply:

    Aaaj hi chala jaa..Why wait for him to become PM? Aur tere jaane se India gareeb nai hojaayega… Hai kaun tu???

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    Amlan Dutta Reply:

    Tameez sey puchogey to jawab milega , nahi to I am not answerable to you ok.

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    Ankur Reply:

    Waise are u aware of other riots that took place in the country?? Ya toh tu Congressia hai yaa ****… Ab bata bhi de kaun hai tu?? Neutral ya logical toh teri baatein lagti nai hain. History padhi hai?? ya aise hi anpadh hai?

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    Amlan Dutta Reply:

    Tumsey to jyada hi history padi hai,, mera naam puchney walley pehley apna naam bata, kya Ankur Modi hai kya ?

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    Amlan Dutta Reply:

    Mai to public profile sey post kiya hun, terey jaisa anonymous poster nahi hu ok

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  • Ramy Ki Whammy

    This writer must also be Neera Radia smitten like bed fellows : Rand-deep Suwardesai , Bur-ka Dirt & Veerya ( from Animals) Sandvi ! Carry on Radia brigade ( Loot lo India , loot lo Padmbhushans)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/harvinder.maini Harvinder Maini

    Killer of thousand innocents with the help of government machinery and now living in tight security cannot be a lion. Had he been lion, he would have accepted his sins without any fear.

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    Ankur Reply:

    Haan jaise Rajeev Gandhi ne Sikh riots of 84 keliye kiya thaa. Waise hi naa?? jaise Tytler ko jail huii waise hi naa?? Aur jaise congress ban hui thee waise hi naa?? Saala Hindustan Times padh ke hi bada huaa hai tu yaa fir dawn ya the nation. Indian jaisi knowledge toh hai nai tere paas… naa facts pata hai aur bhai saab logic naam ki toh koi cheez hai nai tere paas..

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  • Banana Republic

    I can post only one comment on Sujata (Maino) of London ( Italian waitress) : Street d0gs & B!tches are given full coverage by HT , if they fall in the line of P0ty eater(of Mainos) !

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  • DIYA

    Dear Sujata,after reading this Article there is two possibilities

    1 you are mad…
    2 you are corrupt and fed up with money by congress

    Regards
    One Gujarati

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  • Banana Republic

    Dear Sujata : If Bar girls shows are banned in Maikhana “”, it does not mean you start “Paikhana ” in Electronic Media ! You can try your shows in other states !

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tanveer-Ul-Haque/1426487982 Tanveer Ul Haque

    MASS MUDERER..he should have been behind the bars and tried like kasab

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  • Anna

    Someone writes sensibly at HT! Kudos

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  • padmesh Kumar Varma

    Dear Sir,The last line may be prophetic that the BJP may win in Gujarat but not in rest of India. Modi has been described rightly as a tyrant and a dictator. By not begging pardon for the mayhem of 2002 he is digging his party’s grave if not his.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Padmesh ji… I think you should worry about your embarresing name before you worry about your country

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  • Raghavendra

    ms sujata i wish to ask you 1 thing at the beginning do you honestly feel that Modi would automatically eligible for the post of PM just because he asks for apology for 2002 riots?
    do you honestly feel that indian muslims would pardon this man and vote for this man whom you call MURDERER of MUSLIMS you feel that is going to happen?

    you feel Modi would be eligible for PM post if he merely apologises?
    i feel that this writer has allowed her personal bias towards mr modi to say that he will never be a PM of india.

    Ms sujata i wish to tell you 1 thing that Modi will become a PM of india evem if people like you keep hating him.
    the voters of indian have every right to allow or disallow narendra modi as future PM of india.

    please stop writing articles which are based on personal bias. it is high time you stopped these things.

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  • vijay !

    I think you should ask yourself on why you are silent on the Vadra billions

    On why you higlighted the corrupt ChANDRASEKHAR SINGH AS an ideal Congressman and politician.

    On why you cant see a dynasty reduce this country to become its naukers.

    On why Rajiv gandhi was never punished for the 84 riots. Why Mehbooba should not be hjailed for the riots on the Amarnath shrene camp…

    DOnt be obsessed witht he BJP. Instead rescue the Congress of Dadabhai naorji and Sardar Patel and Gandhi which has become a domestci nauker service of teh Gandy parivar.

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  • javed

    her advice to Modi to resign to garner sympathy…
    lol !! what is this kindergaarten politics?

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  • Sid

    Not ONE Article about the Vadra scandal !

    Sujata, You are as I would call” One of the DIRTY DOZEN” Journalists that Reliace Had during its growth ! You simply are a paid Congressman !

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  • http://www.facebook.com/govindarajan.natesan Govindarajan Natesan

    In Nehru time and even later in Nehru family’s dynasty rule so many riots were seen and no one asked him to resign.It was rumoured that a man of Shyam Prakash Mukerjees calibre was reportedly slow poisoned to death by Nehru and Shake Abdulla and given an injection he was known to be allergic and it was further reported that his mother demanded an enquiry which was never held.Even a post mortem was not conducted.Here terrorists have been treated the way way they need to be treated but the politicians and journalists make martyrs of them for reasons clear to them.We need patriotic nationalists like Modi and salute them.

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  • as_Pa

    congressi agent

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  • as_Pa

    congressi agent

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  • Ipsit

    Thank you Manish. It is all about the heart for sports fans.

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